One question that everyone has on their mind when moving to a new city is: Is it safe? Not only does this affect your decision to move to a place, it also affects the way you feel after you have settled down. Your health and wellness can be impacted by how comfortable you are when moving to a new place. In order to feel secure, citizens need to know that they will be alright no matter where they go in town whether they go to a public place or commuting to and from home.
According to the FBI, violent crime has been decreasing over the past 10 years (down by 16.5% from 2006 to 2015) while property crime rates continue to gradually fall by 2% per year. Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) has shown that police have improved their methods for monitoring troubled areas and having more outreach. These methods help to prevent crime and encourage people to work to become model citizens.
At the same time, renovations of old buildings have brought life back to once dangerous areas by providing new shops and family entertainment options. The more entertainment and attractions a city has the more the need for more development and property values to rise.
By focusing on safety, people looking for a new city feel more welcome. They look for a place to establish themselves, raise a family, and improve their lives.
UPDATE 8/2/2017: When this report was first released, incorrect data (crime and property rates per 100,000 people) was listed next to each city. This has since been removed and you may now find the correct numbers at the bottom of this page along with more information about our methodology.
100. Amherst Town, New York
The most populous suburb of Buffalo with 120,207 resident is Amherst. Along Ellicott Creek, Amherst State Park is a great place to hiking and see wild apple trees. There is also Audubon Town park which has many walking and bike paths. For sports fans, the University at Buffalo Stadium holds football, soccer, and track and field events throughout the year. The open air museum Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village contains historic buildings such as one room schools and barber shops and 50,000 objects from when the city was founded in 1818 until today.
99. Sunnyvale, California
Sunnyvale is located in Silicon Valley with a population of 152,443. The area is home to the headquarters of big tech companies such as Yahoo! and Lockheed Martin. To the north, California’s Great Adventure provides an ideal location for families to ride roller coasters or hang out in a water park. There are also over 450 acres of parks including Washington Park in the downtown and Bayland Park, home of the yearly Linux Picnic. For gamers, the Digital Game Museum covers the history of gaming with artifacts from the different eras.
98. Pflugerville, Texas
14 miles northeast of downtown Austin and 15 miles of the Colorado River is Pflugerville. The area is home to more than 15 parks with over 30.5 miles of trails for its 56,240 residents. Pfluger Park hold the annual German Festival as well as concerts for music in the park. To cool off, there is a public pool at Heritage Park which also hold a farmer’s market. Lake Pflugerville provides plenty of space for fishing, canoeing, and swimming as well as a beach area and picnic tables.
97. Folsom, California
A place “Distinctive By Nature with a population of 76,183 is Folsom. On the north side of the city, there is Lake Folsom which offers fishing and camping. The city also has 32 miles of bike trails including the American River Bike Trail that goes all the way to Sacramento. The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is a great place to view animals and take classes. As for history, the Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park displays the advanced industrial machinery used to run this hydroelectric power plant that was used to power Sacremento.
96. Frisco, Texas
Located east of Lewisville Lake, Frisco is a community of 152,678. The area is home to many sports complexes including the Dallas Cowboys headquarters and training facilities. Toyota Stadium is a great place to catch a FC Dallas game. There are also interesting museums from the National Videogame Museum to the Museum of the American Railroad. Having been declared “Tree City USA”, the many parks in the area provide many sporting facilities and amphitheatres.
95. Union Township, New Jersey
Formerly known as “Connecticut Farms”, Union Township is home to 58,005 people as well as one of the first English settlements in New Jersey. There are many historical sites in the area such as the Caldwell Parsonage, a museum to the Revolutionary War. Kawameeh Park provides a lot of sports fields and is the home to the Union Watersphere which used to be one of the largest water towers in the world. There are also many walking trails and bike paths along the Elizabeth River
94. Cupertino, California
At the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains with 61,162 residents is Cupertino. The Fremont Older Open Space Preserve provides over 700 acres for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Stevens Creek County Park has a water reservoir that has fishing and boating as well as many areas for a picnic. On De Anza College, The Fujitsu Planetarium is one of the most modern planetariums in the world while the Flint Center holds symphonic concerts and Apple product releases. Memorial Park is a great place to watch outdoor movies in the summer and visit the Cupertino Veterans Memorial.
93. Leesburg, Virginia
Leesburg has a population of 51,254 and is located 33 miles northwest of Washington D.C. near the Potomac River and Catoctin Mountain. The area holds a lot of events such as the Leesburg’s Flower and Garden Show to the Classic Car Show. For fans of history, there is Morven Park, the home of a former governor which features an mansion with unique furniture and an equestrian area. Hikers and Joggers can go for a long run along the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail which goes for 45 miles. In addition, Ida Lee Park provides a great place for a morning run and swimming.
92. North Port, Florida
North Port is located in Sarasota County with 61,148 residents. Being along the Myakka River, there are many green spaces in the area including the Myakka State Forest. Deer Prairie Creek Preserve provides around 70 miles of trails and many chances to view a variety of wildlife. The Warm Mineral Springs is a natural sinkhole that is filled with warm, fresh water. In the city, there are more than 5 big parks to choose from from the Garden of the Five Senses to Highland Ridge Park.
91. Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania
The largest suburb in Erie County with a population of 54,123 is Milcreek Township. Within the city limits, Presque Isle State Park has 11 miles of beaches and plenty of restaurants and hidden areas to explore. On the isle, the Presque Isle Lighthouse has a museum and a beautiful view of Lake Erie. The “Gateway to Presque Isle” also has Waldameer Park which provides waterslides and rollercoasters. To the south, the Ashbury Woods Nature Center and Park provides day camps, nature hikes, and baseball fields.
90. Santa Clarita, California
The third largest city in Los Angeles with 211,132 residents is Santa Clarita. The area provides a lot of recreational centers like the one in Canyon Country which offers a bike and skate parks and many swimming and diving pools. There are over 3000 acres of open space and 32 miles of off street trails in the city. Central Park is in the center of the city and has many sports fields and picnic areas. Outside the city, Six Flags Magic Mountain provides many roller coasters such as X2 and Twisted Colossus as well as a water park.
89. Mansfield, Texas
Mansfield is a small town located between Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington with a population of 63,684. The Katherine Rose Memorial Park is a scenic park that offers sports courts, picnic pavilions, and a rose garden. For night time entertainment, the Farr Best Theatre provides a variety of concerts and live performances. The city also holds a variety of festivals annually such as the Hot Beats and Cold Brews Festival, the Hometown Holiday Parade, and St. Paddy's Pickle Parade. Just outside the city, Joe Pool Lake is the ideal location for boating, kayaking, fishing, and more.
88. Eastvale, California
Along the Santa Ana River, Eastvale is a place with “Community, Pride, Prosperity” for its 57,808 residents. This once rural area still holds onto a lot of green space near the river with Riverwalk Park also having a disc golf course alongside hiking and biking trails. Harada Heritage Park provides a large skate park and sports fields for the younger members of the community. Located in the middle of the city, Providence Ranch Park is the perfect place for a picnic or a walk in the morning or after work.
87. Placentia, California
Placentia is a community of 52,753 that is known for its quiet neighborhoods. The area is home to historic houses such as the George Key Ranch which is located on a citrus farm and the A.S. Bradford House. Just to the north, the Fullerton Arboretum has over 4000 different species of plants and a museum. There are also a wide variety of smaller parks in the area that feature playground and picnic areas.
86. Bolingbrook, Illinois
Being just 28 miles south of Chicago, “A Place to Grow” in Illinois is Bolingbrook. The state’s second largest village, with 74,356 residents, is full of places to view wildlife. The Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve contains a waterfall and is home to the Argonne National Laboratory. The Hidden Oaks Nature Center is a great place to view a variety of animal such as coyotes and great horned owls. For recreation, there are plenty of parks, aquatic centers, and more than 10 golf courses in the area.
85. Cedar Park, Texas
Cedar Park is a suburb of 66,724 just 16 miles southeast of Austin. The H-E-B Center at Cedar Park provides a variety of entertainment options from sporting events to live concerts. For fans of science, the Texas Museum of Science and Technology has many different types of exhibits and displays touring exhibitions. There are also many parks in the area including Twin Lakes Park which is located in the center of the city with many trails and picnic areas.
84. Sterling Heights, Michigan
The second largest suburb of Detroit with a population of 132,255 is Sterling Heights. There are many automobile plants located in the area as well as the General Motors Heritage Center which features all makes and models from GM’s history. For lovers of the outdoors, the Clinton River Park provides many trails along the river for viewing nature. With all its outdoor areas and automobile history, Sterling Heights really tries “To Strive on Behalf of All”.
83. West New York, New Jersey
Just across the Hudson River from New York City is West New York. With 53,207 residents in 1 square mile, it is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. There is still green space Donnelly and Old Glory Park. The area is most famous for the “Miracle Mile” which contains many retail and commercial stores. There are many parades that also take place along the “Miracle Mile” including the Cuban Day Parade, Dominican-American Parade, as well as the Memorial Day Parade.
82. Medford, Massachusetts
Along the Mystic River just 3.2 miles Northeast of Boston with a population of 57,742 is Medford. The area provides a variety of historical sites from the Amelia Earhart House to Isaac Royal House. Tufts University provides a variety of educational and cultural activities year round. The song “Jingle Bells” was written in the area and there is a marker on high street to commemorate it. To the north and south of the city, there are nature reserves, such as Middlesex Fells Reservation, that provide hiking and biking trails.
81. St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Located just 13 miles Northeast of Detroit on Lake Saint Clair is St. Clair Shores. Known for its beaches, it provides many beachfront activities at various parks, such as Veterans Park, for its 60,116 residents from playground and picnic areas to bocce ball and shuffleboard courts. The area has an annual annual Memorial Day Parade which showcases local sports teams and marching bands. In addition, locals can visit the Nautical Mile for all their shopping and dining needs.
80. Murrieta, California
“The Future of Southern California” is the City of Murrieta. Families who live in the area can enjoy the Mulligan Family Fun Center’s go karts, mini golf, and arcade. The area also provides a variety of parks for its 109,495 residents like the California Oaks Park which has a swimming pool, sports fields, and a youth center. Just outside the city, there is the Santa Rosa Plateau that has a variety of hiking and biking trails. The Warm Springs Park and Reserve offers a variety of wildlife and hiking trails and is located in the center of the city.
79. Oak Lawn, Illinois
Oak Lawn is a southwestern suburb of Chicago with a population of 57,112. There are over 22 parks in the area that provide sports facilities, playgrounds, and walking paths. Once such place is the Wolfe Wildlife Refuge which offers walking and biking paths. The redeveloped downtown has a variety of shopping options as well as the new Metra Train Station. For young ones, the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn offers a variety of exhibits, performances, and interactive rooms.
78. Maple Grove, Minnesota
A city “Serving Today, Shaping Tomorrow” is Maple Grove. Its 68,297 residents can visit the Elm Creek Park Reserve to see the museum at the Historic Pierre Bottineau House as well as hike and view wildlife. The area is also home to a variety of retail stores at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. In the middle of the city is the Central Park of Maple Grove which offers many play areas for children alongside a pond. Fish Lake has a variety of outdoor activities from swimming and fishing in the summer to snowshoeing in the winter
77. Port St. Lucie, Florida
With a population of 176,364, Port St. Lucie is “A City for All Ages”. The Savannas Preserve State Park Environmental Education Center stretches along 10 miles of the city and offers canoeing, hiking, and fishing as well as many photography opportunities such as Hawk’s Bluff. For family gatherings, the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens is a beautiful venue that also has many places to sit and relax. The area’s many parks like the Jessica Clinton Park that offers many sporting facilities like tennis courts and baseballs fields as well as a lending library.
76. Bayonne, New Jersey
Bayonne is on a peninsula and across the bay from New York City with 66,582 residents. It is home to the Bayonne Bridge which is the 5th longest steel-arch bridge in the world. The To the Struggle Against World Terrorism is a memorial to 9/11 from Russia that provides a scenic view of New York City and beautiful sculptures. For fans of learning, the Bayonne Public Library has over 99,000 items and was one of the Carnegie funded libraries, and the Bayonne Community Museum offers a glimpse into the area’s unique history.
75. Castle Rock, Colorado
Located between Denver and Colorado Springs with a population of 57,699 is Castle Rock. It consists of 27% open space and 75 miles of trails. The Castlewood Canyon State Park was forged from the remains of Castlewood Canyon Dam and offers rock climbing walls and a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. The Castle Rock Historical Museum is a building that shows how the areas has changed over its 150 year history.
74. Ankeny, Iowa
The city “Bringing it all together” with 55,984 residents is Ankeny. Located near Saylorville Lake, the area offers a variety of outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, and fishing. The area is also home to the High Trestle Trail that goes for 25 miles from Ankeny to Woodward. Ankeny also has an annual Summerfest which provides plenty of food and entertainment options while locals can eat and shop at the Historic Uptown Shopping District year round. If people want to know more about the history the area, they can checkout the exhibits at Ankeny Area Historical Society.
73. Diamond Bar, California
Named after the “diamond over the bar” branding iron, Diamond Bar is in eastern Los Angeles County and has a population of 57,085. In the center of the city lies Sycamore Canyon Park which offers BBQs and picnic tables as well as exercise stations and nature trails. For tennis and basketball fans, Ronald Reagan Park offers courts available until 10 at night. Just outside the city is Powder Canyon which has trails for hiking and horseback riding.
72. Irvine, California
Home to the University of California, Irvine, Irvine has many forms of entertainment year round. The annual Irvine Global Village Festival showcases the diverse foods and cultures that reside in the area. Its 258,198 citizens have around 50 parks to explore in the city. The William R. Mason Regional Park has 300 plus acres of areas for hiking and biking as well as volleyball and golf. The Apple Irvine Shopping Center has the Irvine Spectrum Ferris Wheel which offers a unique view of the city while kids can play roleplay at the Pretend City Children's Museum.
71. Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Eden Prairie is 12 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis and is a place to “Live, Work, Dream” for its 63,835 residents. This pastoral area is home to many golf courses including Olympic Hill Golf Club to Bent Creek Golf Club. The Purgatory Creek Park Pavilion is located nearby a variety of restaurants and has trails for an after meal walk. The Wings of the North Museum offers a variety of aircrafts that celebrate aviation's history. Just outside the city is Valley Fair which is open during the summer months and has over 75 rides and attractions.
70. Fairfield, Connecticut
Fairfield is along the Gold Coast of Connecticut with a population of 61,762. Fairfield University provides plenty of entertainment from Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts which has the 740 seat Quick Center to Bellarmine Museum of Art’s displays of local artists and touring exhibitions. Also at Fairfield is the Connecticut Audubon Society Center offering 6 miles of nature trails and nature center. There are 5 beaches located along Long Island Sound as well as Lake Mohegan which has hiking and a view of the Cascades.
69. Bismarck, North Dakota
Home of the North Dakota State Capital and the second most populous city in North Dakota with 70,873 residents is Bismarck. For the history of the area, the North Dakota Heritage Center’s museum exhibits artifacts from the area’s geologic history as well as items from the early people’s culture. The Dakota Zoo offers spacious areas for the 600 animals to move around and class for kids. Kids can also enjoy Super Slide which has a ferris wheel alongside mini-golf, go-karts, and other concessions.
68. Chino Hills, California
Bordering Los Angeles county with a population of 77,515 is Chino Hills. It is located right by Chino Hill State Park which is undeveloped yet offers a variety of activities from biking and hiking trails to picnicking areas in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. English Springs Park has basketball and volleyball courts as well as gazebos and picnic areas. As for architecture, there is the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir which is hindu temple with artifacts brought from India and other items handcrafted there.
67. Georgetown, Texas
30 miles from Austin is Georgetown. Georgetown is known for its victorian architecture which houses some of its 62,264 residents. The area is home to unique Inner Space Cavern, which was discovered in 1963 and has three different levels of paths from novice to “wild”. Cedar Breaks Park is a scenic park on the North Fork San Gabriel River offering camping as well as plenty of trails to explore the area. In downtown, there is San Gabriel Park which offers a golf disc course as well as plenty of areas for having a picnic.
66. Plymouth, Minnesota
Plymouth, the seventh largest city in Minnesota with a population of 76,192, is located 15 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. The area is home to Senator Amy Klobuchar as well as Medicine Lake. Medicine Lake has two parks, East and West Medicine Lake, which offer a variety of activities from fishing and sailing to a playground and biking/walking paths. There is also the smaller Parkers Lake Park which offers ice skating in the winter to swimming in the summer. Bicyclists can also connect to the rest of bicycle paths via the Luce Line Trailhead.
65. Canton Township, Michigan
Canton Township is just west of Detroit and is home to 89,628 residents. “Michigan’s Community of Vision” is home to Heritage Park which is a perfect place for running and biking as well as having a splash park to help families cool off during the summer. Cherry Hill is bringing back the historical character of the area by renovating the architecture of what the city was like 100 years ago with the Village Theatre as one of its main attractions.
64. Parma, Ohio
The largest suburb of Cleveland is Parma with a population of 79.655. The area is home to a Polish Village, which holds many holiday parades and a variety of family owned businesses, as well as a Ukrainian Village which is known as one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city. The West Creek Reservation is perfect for a hike or learning more about nature at the nature center. As for history, the Phillip Henninger House gives a glimpse of what life was like for the early settlers.
63. Lakewood Township, New Jersey
Lakewood Township is located in Ocean County with 95,743 residents. For recreation, there is Lake Shenandoah Park which offers play areas for kids as well as many boating activities. Ocean County Park is also located on the lake and offers places to picnic and hiking trails. To the west, there is Lake Carasaljo which offers an amphitheatre as well as a playground and is located near Georgian Court University.
62. Waltham, Massachusetts
Also known as “The Watch City”, Waltham was a contributor to the American Industrial Revolution. A variety of museums are placed throughout the city with the Rose Art Museum displaying art works from the 1960s and 1970s to the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation having interactive exhibits that show the area’s industrial past. The 63,590 locals can also enjoy the Storer Conservation which has plenty of hiking trails and a museum.
61. Gilbert, Arizona
Just Southeast of Phoenix with a population of 247,324 is Gilbert. The area is home to a variety of parks from Freestone Park offering a rec center and mini amusement park to Emerald Park’s disc golf course. There is also Water Tower Plaza which has a many restaurants and a splash pad for kids. Many historic buildings are near downtown from the early 20th century such as Liberty Market and Gilbert’s First Jail House which were established when the area was also known as the “Hay Capital of the World”.
60. Simi Valley, California
Surrounded by mountains and hills, Simi Valley is 30 miles outside of Los Angeles with 127,472 residents. The area is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library which contains historical artifacts about the 40th president as well as his burial site. There is also a lot of film and TV historical sites in the area such as Corriganville Movie Ranch where many TV shows were shot in the 50s. The Strathearn Historical Park also offers a variety of buildings from its Native American, Spanish & pioneer roots as well as places to hold events. For culture, Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village displays folk art made from garbage from local landfills.
59. Centennial, Colorado
Centennial has the “Spirit of the Past”. It is located near Cherry Creek State Park which offers a variety of boating activities from paddle boats to sailing and around 35 miles of trails for biking, horseback riding, or hiking. For the younger members of the family in the city of 108,846, there is the Centennial Center Park which offers a children’s water park as well as Lollipop Park, offering kiddie rides and a funhouse. There is also Dove Valley Regional Park which contains a variety of sports facilities from volleyball courts to soccer fields.
58. Waterford Township, Michigan
Waterford Township is located in the center of Oakland County and has 73,500 residents. The area is known for the 3,745 acre Pontiac Lake Recreation Area which offers a variety of outdoor activities from camping to horseback riding and also a shooting range. For fishing, locals can go to Lotus and Maceday Lake. For recreation, there is also Bay Court Park which offers a playground as a picnic area or they can go to Drayton Plains Nature Center to enjoy seasonal events as well as a enjoy nature.
57. Thousand Oaks, California
The population core of the Conejo Valley, Thousand Oaks has 129,976 people residing within its borders. Many animals also call this area home from mountain lions to many types of snakes to over 170 bird species with Wildwood Regional Area being the perfect place to catch a glimpse of these intriguing animals. Nearby is the scenic Paradise Falls which offers hiking trails as well as places to birdwatch. The Chumash Indian Museum offers archaeological artifacts such as 2000 year old cave paintings.
56. Brick Township, New Jersey
Brick Township has a population of 76,097 and is located alongside the Barnegat Peninsula. The area is home to Jersey Shore which boasts a variety of entertainment options from food stands to water and amusement parks. There are also many locations for boating enthusiasts from Swan Point State Natural Area to the Metedeconk River. For recreation, people go the Brick Township Reservoir or the Windward Beach Park which offers a beach, playgrounds, and an outdoor pavillion.
55. Old Bridge Township, New Jersey
Located in Raritan Bay, Old Bridge Township’s 67,298 people have a beachfront recreation. Old Bridge Waterfront Park offers a playground as well as a fishing pier along its 1.3 mile trail. There is also beachfront access at Laurence Harbor Beach. The biggest natural area in the city is Cheesequake State Park which is home to Hooks Creek Lake and freshwater and saltwater marshes, perfect for wildlife viewing or fishing. Even the band Metallica has history with the area recording demos for its first album in Old Bridge.
54. San Clemente, California
Home of Nixon’s Western White House, San Clemente is a beachfront city with a population of 65,755. The area has a long surfing history with many surfing media magazines having offices near the ocean as well as many surf board manufacturers in the area. There is also Casa Romantica which is the home and gardens of the founder of San Clemente and offers many cultural programs for all ages. There are also a variety of parks in the area from Bonita Canyon Park to Verde Park.
53. Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey
Franklin Township in Somerset County offers a variety of parks and recreation for its 66,831 residents. The area is along the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park which runs for 22 miles. It also has access to Colonial Park, a recreational area with golf courses, gardens including the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden, and nature hikes. There are also many historical houses in the area from the Franklin in offering a tavern and hotel to the Van Wickle House offering a variety of events throughout the year.
52. North Bergen Township, New Jersey
North Bergen Township is located right next to Manhattan with 62,928 people living within its borders. The area contains the 167 acre lakefront James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park which offers many recreational options from 45 different sports facilities to a dog run. There is also the Edgewater Branch, an idyllic hiking area with history from the area’s railroad and mining past. Having the close proximity to NYC, there are many shows filmed there from Law and Order: Special Victims Unit to Meat Men, a show about the local business Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors.
51. Bowie, Maryland
Bowie is a place of “Growth, Unity, and Progress”. With 58,304 residents, the city provides a of historical locales from horse racing history at the Belair Mansion and Stables to African American history at the Don S. S. Goodloe House. Nearby the Belair Mansion is the Foxhill park which features the man-made Woodward Pond while Allen Pond Park offers walking and hiking trails along with 6 baseball fields. Fans of railroads can also visit the Bowie Railroad Buildings.
50. Peabody, Massachusetts
Peabody is a New England city located along the north shore with a population of 52,650. “The Leather City” used to be famous for its leather production and is home to various historical sites. It located next to Salem which is home to the Witch House and Witch Dungeon Museum. Both locations offer a variety of activities from tours of famous locations as well as reenactments of the famous witch trials. The area’s most famous resident is George Peabody, a famous entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has a museum dedicated to his honor in the George Peabody House Museum.
49. Lake Forest, California
Lake Forest, city of 80,798 residents, is in Orange County. The area is a hiker’s dream with a variety of landscapes to choose from. There is Serrano Creek Park which holds many types of trees to the rugged terrain of Red Rock Canyon. Surrounding the canyon is Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park which offers biking as well as equestrian trails. For culture, the city holds an annual concert in Pittsford Park and Heritage Hill Historical park offers 4 restored buildings from the late 19th century.
48. Novi, Michigan
Novi is a diverse city with a population of 59,233. The area is a watershed that has a lot of places for recreation from the Lakeshore Park offering a variety of hikes and swimming to Mae Power Park’s baseball fields. Novi also has a yearly Japan Festival which is the largest in the state of Michigan. For young ones, there is Paradise Park which offers laser tag, an arcade, and go karts as well as offering a pizza cafe.
47. Edison Township, New Jersey
The “Birthplace of Modern World” is Edison Township. Its most famous resident was the inventor Thomas Edison for whom the town was named after. The Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum contains a museum dedicated to his discoveries as well as a tower surrounded by Menlo Park. There is also Roosevelt Park which offers an ice rink and lake fishing alongside sporting facilities and an outdoor theatre. For more culture, people can go to the Clara Barton District to check out various coffee shops and stores for its 102,281 residents.
46. Tinley Park, Illinois
Tinley Park is located south of Chicago and is home to 57,403 people. This family friendly locale has plenty in store for the whole family from the games and rides Odyssey Fun World to the lazy river at White Water Canyon Park. There is also Midlothian Meadows which offers a forest preserve and lots of nature trails. Tinley Park has the Hollywood Casino Theatre which features touring musical acts and seats 28,000 people.
45. Meridian, Idaho
Meridian is the 3rd largest city in Idaho with a population of 91,077. The Roaring Springs Water Park offers a variety of water slides and waterside activities while Wahooz Family Fun Zone contains an arcade as well as go karts and mini golf. There are also 17 parks in the city with Settlers Park offering a variety of outdoor sports and playgrounds. During the Summer months, the locals go to Meridian Urban Market to sample food from local restaurants, listen to live music, and purchase art and crafts from the area.
44. Farmington Hills, Michigan
Farmington Hills is a suburb of Detroit and the second largest city in Oakland County with a population of 81,862. The area is home to a variety of outdoor attractions from the wildlife trails of Woodland Hills to the 22 sports fields located in Founders Sports Park. There is also the Farmington Hills Heritage Park which offers a nature center and plenty of areas for family picnics. Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum and the Holocaust Memorial Center also offer a place to reflect on the history of the 20th century.
43. O’Fallon, Missouri
Located along I70 and I64, O’Fallon is a place of “Tradition with Vision”. Its 85,063 residents can go to Fort Zumalt Park, a location where a battle in the War of 1812 was fought that also has places for picnics and fishing. More history can be learned from Dames Park which offers a Vietnam Memorial as well as a playground and 3 football fields. For more sports options, there is also the soccer complex of O’Fallon Sports Park and the baseball fields located at Ozzie Smith Sports Complex.
42. Lakeville, Minnesota
Lakeville is a community of 60,846 just 20 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The area is home to 62 public properties that provide a wide range of sporting activities to family gathering locations. Located right off of I35, Ritter Farm Park is a scenic location which offers archery and hiking in the summertime and snowmobiling and cross country skiing in the winter. There are many other lakes in the area that offer plenty of outdoor areas. with Lake Marion and Orchard Lake being the two largest.
41. Naperville, Illinois
A city with “Great Service - All the Time” is Naperville. Its 147,101 residents can enjoy the beauty of the Dupage River at the Naperville River Walk which has walking paths, sculptures, meeting places, and more. The area is also home to one of only four carillons that have six octaves the Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon. This affluent community is home to the Nichols Library which is one of the top libraries in the US and holds the annual Naperville Independent Film Festival.
40. Cary, North Carolina
Cary is located between Chapel Hill and Raleigh North Carolina with a population of 160,291. This “Bicycle Friendly Community” is located along the U.S. Bicycle Route 1 along with offering mountain biking in Lake Crabtree County Park. There are also many historic places to visit such as the Page-Walker Hotel which contains the Cary Heritage Museum to Yates Mill. The area’s many lakes such as Lake Johnson and Crabtree provide trails and water sports for entertainment during the hot summer months.
39. Mission Viejo, California
Mission Viejo is a great place if you want to “Make Living Your Mission”. The area contain many parks with a variety of experiences from Thomas F. Riley Park’s view of wildlife to Oso Viejo Park’s various sporting fields. Mission Viejo also contains the same roads used for the road cycling events during the 1984 Olympics Games in Los Angeles. It’s 98,217 residents can enjoy an arid climate year round and visit a variety of natural sites to the north such as Trabuco Canyon and Lake Forest.
38. Royal Oak, Michigan
Royal Oak is a suburb of Detroit with a population of 59,535. The area is home to the Detroit Zoo which houses over 3000 animals and is famous for its polar bear exhibition. There are also many places for educational entertainment from Cranberg Art Museum displaying a variety of contemporary art, design, and architecture to the Cranbrook Institute of Science offering a planetarium and a T. Rex skeleton. There are also many famous actors that were born in the area such as Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi.
37. Lehi, Utah
Formally known as Dry Creek, Lehi is an expanding technological city in the northern part of Utah. There are many remnants of the area’s agricultural past with Lehi Roller Mills being immortalized in the movie Footloose. Thanksgiving point offers a variety of attractions from a golf course to the Museum of Natural Curiosity. For the more nature oriented, Traverse Mountain shows the city’s more scenic side to its 58,526 residents.
36. San Ramon, California
San Ramon hold the title of Tree City, USA. Being just 34 miles east of San Francisco, San Ramon’s 76.081 residents enjoy a variety of parks from San Ramon Athan Downs offering playgrounds and sports fields to Souyen Parks’ tennis courts and children’s area. There is also historic Forest Home Farms which has the David Glass House and holds a farmer’s market. The downtown is being renovated and will offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor entertainment options.
35. Des Plaines, Illinois
Des Plaines is located just north of O’Hare International Airport with 59,078 residents. The area is home to the Rivers Casino as well as the McDonald’s Number One Store and Museum which is a replica of the first McDonald’s Restaurant opened by Ray Kroc in 1955. The area also has a place in 80s pop culture history with the movie The Breakfast Club being shot in a high school in the area. There are also hiking trails in Harms Woods and Allison Woods.
34. Allen, Texas
Located just north of Dallas, Allen has a population of 96,642. It has many areas for outdoor recreation from Allen Station park having BMX racing and wakeboarding to Celebration Park offering baseball fields and playgrounds. Allen is also home to the Allen Event Center which holds sporting events ranging from soccer to indoor football. For nature lovers, there is good fishing at Bethany Lakes Park and hiking at Waterford Park.
33. Parker, Colorado
Parker is the 19th most populous area in Colorado with 51,017 residents. The Cherry Creek Trail attracts many visitors for various activities from hiking and biking in the Summer to cross country skiing in the Winter. The area also has entertainment for kids with Boondocks Food and Fun offering go karts and bowling and H2O’Brien Park and Pool offering a cool and refreshing place to go swimming during the Summer. Parker is a great location year round.
32. State College, Pennsylvania
Home of Penn State University, State College boasts a population of 57,710. The “Happy Valley, Lion Country” is also home to many natural attractions such as the Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park. However, many residents enjoy following the Nittany Lions especially when it is football season. Almost 100,000 people attend every game. State College also hosts The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts which lasts for 5 days and attracts almost 125,000 visitors.
31. Laguna Niguel, California
Laguna Niguel is right near the Pacific Ocean and offers many water activities. Salt Creek Beach Park is the ideal location for any surfing enthusiast while the Laguna Niguel Regional Park is perfect for other watersports. There are also many hiking destinations for its population of 66,035 such as the Aliso and Woods Canyon Wilderness also the Niguel Botanical Preserve. The area also has historical significance with the Mission San Juan Capistrano offering a glimpse at how life was when the Spanish first settled the area.
30. Poway, California
Poway, “The City in the Country”, is in San Diego County. Its 50,327 residents can enjoy gorgeous views such as Potato Chip Rock on the Mount Woodson Trail and even view the many animals that inhabit the area in the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. For golf fans, they can practice their game at the Stoneridge Country Club and the Maderas Golf Club. You might even be lucky enough to meet the mayor Steve Vaus who is also known as the grammy winning country singer Buck Howdy.
29. Northern York Regional, Pennsylvania
North York is just outside of York City with 68,470 residents. There are plenty of reasons for a dog lover to love this area from Cousler Park to the dog park located inside the John C. Rudy County Park. Cordorus Creek offers many relaxing views as well as plenty of canoeing and kayaking adventures. For all their retail needs, citizens can head over to Delco Market Place to purchase anything from clothing to comics.
28. York Area Regional, Pennsylvania
York, otherwise known as “The White Rose City”, is a historical city with a population of 55,020. The area is known for its role in the agricultural and industrial industries from the early 18th century. To commemorate its history, the Agricultural and Industrial museum displays many artifacts from the area. Many historical buildings, such as the Golden Plough Tavern, Colonial Complex, and the Barnett Bobb House, are next to each other on South Pershing Avenue. The William C. Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad also offers more to the story of this long standing city.
27. Shelby Charter Township, Michigan
Shelby Charter Township is one of the fastest growing areas in Metro Detroit with 77,636 residents. The area has a variety of parks from Mae Stecker Park to the River Bends Park which offers a variety of outdoor activities from archery to disc golf. A region near 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke road used to be known as “The Village of Disco”, so you might want to dance on over to Shelby Charter Township to find out the other amenities it offers.
26. West Valley, Utah
West Valley, also known as “Degla”, is the second biggest city in Utah with a population of 135,744. It is home to Maverick Center which served as the hockey venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics. As for culture, residents have the option of going to the Hale Center Theatre for family entertainment and even touring broadway plays. When the summer is hot, there is also the Seven Peaks Water Park which offers many ways to cool off and also is located near the Glendale Golf Course. Every family member’s interests can be satisfied in the West Valley.
25. Plymouth, Massachusetts
Since it was the first place the pilgrims landed, Plymouth is also referred to as America’s Hometown. Fans of US history can go to Plymouth Rock and stand where the Mayflower first reached shore. There is even a replica, Mayflower II, which teaches more about the trip to the US. The Plymouth Plantation also offers a live view of what life was like for the first settlers to this great land. As for recreation for its 58,705 residents, the state’s second biggest state forest, Myles Standish State Forest, contains over 16 lakes and plenty of places to camp and hike. There is also a natural beach in Ellisville Harbor State Park.
24. Fishers, Indiana
Fishers has a lot to offer its population of 88,724. For recreation, the Geist Reservoir is a perfect place for fishing, hiking, camping, and even boating. The area is also a hidden gem for any golfer who is looking to try less famous courses. As for bicycle enthusiasts, there are more than 85 miles available for use during the warm summer months. In addition, the two large annual fairs, the Fishers Freedom Festival and the Fishers Renaissance Faire show off food from the area and its resident’s playful side.
23. Howell Township, New Jersey
Howell Township is a place of architectural and natural beauty. Its 52,097 residents can enjoy nature in the Manasquan Reservoir which offers wildlife tours, hiking trails, fishing, and canoeing and welcomes 1 million visitors annually. As for architecture, the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral shows of the beauty of the Byzantine style. The Allaire State Park also provides antique trains that display the beauty of the industrial age.
22. Yorba Linda, California
Located 37 miles Southeast of Los Angeles, Yorba Linda really is a “Land of Gracious Living”. It is the birthplace of Richard Nixon and The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is just the place to learn more about our 37th president. Yorba Linda also is near the Santa Ana Mountains and the Chino Hills State Park is the ideal location to view their beauty. Its population of 68,698 can also enjoy the variety of stores and attractions at Savi Ranch.
21. Piscataway Township, New Jersey
Piscataway Township has a lot of history as it is the 5th oldest municipality in New Jersey. Its 59,622 residents can spend time at various museums from Cornelius Low House to the Metlar–Bodine House as well as viewing the historical houses on the Road Up Raritan Historic District. Johnson Park is the perfect place for any family especially if you enjoy sports, walks, and picnics. This “Proud Diversified Community” has plenty of options to choose from.
20. Mount Prospect, Illinois
Mount Prospect is located northwest of Chicago and is a place “Where Friendliness Is a Way of Life.” There are many locations where its 55,119 residents can go for a hike from Somme Prairie Grove to Ned Brown Forest Preserve. The city also has the 101,000 square foot Mount Prospect Library which has more than a million books in circulation. For movie fans, The Blues Brothers referenced the Mount Prospect Police Department as the place they purchased their car from at auction.
19. Carmel, Indiana
Carmel is a forward thinking city with “A Partnership for Tomorrow”. Located north of Indianapolis, its population of 88,511 can take advantage of its many biking opportunities from the Monon Greenway which goes right through Carmel City Center to participating in the Rollfast Gran Fondo. The city also boasts a newly built Japanese Garden south of their City Hall as well as the new Carmel Monon Community Center. The cities roundabouts prove that you will be able to arrive safely to all of these attractions.
18. Newton, Massachusetts
“The Garden City” of Newton Massachusetts is 7 miles away from Downtown Boston. Its 89,053 residents can enjoy views of the Boston skyline from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir as well as walk their dogs in Norumbega Park. The area also has a lot of history with the Jackson Homestead offering many historical artifacts on display. This location is so satisfying that the famous Fig Newton cookie was named after it.
17. Palatine, Illinois
“A Real Home Town” that is perfect for the family is Palatine. It’s population of 69,583 enjoys a recently revitalized downtown as well as Palatine park district which operates swimming pools throughout the region. The locals enjoy Streetface every August and has the ability to enjoy food from different vendors in Downtown Palatine. Those northwestern Chicago suburb has a lot to offer for the whole family.
16. Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Hoffman Estates is a city “Growing to Greatness” near Chicago with its 52,450 residents. It is home to Sears Holding Company as well as the Midwest headquarters of AT&T. The area has been expanding ever since the development of the Prairie Stone Business Park which has attracted many companies from Chicago. The Sears center provides various forms of entertainment from Chicago Slaughter soccer to touring musical acts.
15. Arlington Heights, Illinois
Arlington Heights is located 25 miles Northwest of Chicago with a population of 76,241. This “City of the Good Neighbors” contains the Arlington Park Race track which has held many events for the Breeders Cup. The residential development also holds a lot of restaurants serving a variety of dishes. Since it was one of the first commuter suburbs to Chicago, space is limited but business will constantly be growing.
14. Jackson Township, New Jersey
Jackson Township is a town of 56,815 residents that was named after Andrew Jackson. The township is home to 7 man made lakes including Success Lake in the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area. If you come to Jackson Township, be sure to try the tallest roller coaster in the world Kingda Ka located at Six Flags Great Adventure. There are also on average 206 days of sun each year for you to enjoy these outdoor activities.
13. Rochester Hills, Michigan
Rochester Hills is a suburb of Detroit and boasts a population of 73,660. It is known for its Festival on the Hill which has the 2nd largest firework display in Michigan as well as games and entertainment. The Meadow Brook Amphitheatre also provides a source of entertainment for concert goers and comedy fans alike. Even Madonna spent some years of her life in Rochester Hills.
12. Parsippany- Troy Hills Township, New Jersey
Also referred to as Parsippany, this township’s land was shaped by the Wisconsin glacier, so there are many different landscapes for its 53,790 residents. The town was the producer of the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the NFL from 1967 to 2015 as well as now producing the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy for the NBA. If you enjoy the show “Seinfeld”, Jerry’s shoes ended up at a garage sale in Parsippany. However, Parsippany is only a short drive from New York City.
11. Ramapo Town, New York
Ramapo is a town that is made up of many villages with 90,683. It is home to Torne Brook Farm that was National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The citizens have many options for sports events from The Joseph T. St. Lawrence Community, Health, and Sports Complex to the Provident Bank Park. The 61.2 mile landlocked town is also home to the baseball team Rockland Builders which are a member of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball.
10. Aliso Viejo, California
Aliso Viejo is located in southern Orange County and has a population of 50,751. There is a diversity of businesses in the area from Pacific Life insurance to Ketel 1 vodka and AND1 sports attire as well as many software and semiconductor manufacturers. The city’s education prowess has been expanding with the new Soka University opening in 2001. Aliso Viejo is also home to 2012 London team gymnastic gold medal recipient Kyla Ross.
9. West Bloomfield Township, Michigan
West Bloomfield Township is located near Detroit with 66,274 residents. The land area contains about 10% water with Cass Lake being the largest lake in the area. There are many apple orchards in the area with one island aptly named Apple Island being covered with apple trees. Since the area has four distinct seasons, you will be able to enjoy West Bloomfield Township year round.
8. Middletown Township, New Jersey
Middletown Township was first settled in 1664 and has been growing ever since. With a population of 65,893, the town made it on Safewise’s 2016 list for 5th safest city for children. It contains many emergency services and has some of the largest in the area. Known as “the biggest small town in New Jersey”, it is home to many big name celebrities from Jon Bon Jovi to Geraldo Rivera. It is located on the water, so it is perfect for beachgoers and fishermen.
7. Flower Mound, Texas
Flower Mound is known as the largest town in Texas with a population of 70,894. Its proximity to Dallas (20 miles) makes it a perfect place for commuters. The town focuses on smart urban planning to keep its population satisfied with amenities such as expanding bike lanes. Flower Mound was named after the famous flower mound located in the center of the town.
6. Wheaton, Illinois
Wheaton is the first midwestern city on the list with 53,800 residents. It is 30 miles outside of Chicago and is home to over 45 churches. The city is famous of Wheaton College which is renowned for its liberal arts education. Other attractions in the area include the Cosley zoo and its 200+ animals. The downtown also includes the historic DuPage Courthouse.
5. Sammamish, Washington
The first city from the west coast on the list is Sammamish, Washington. This city on a plateau has a population of 52,365. It was named after Lake Sammamish; however, Beaver and Pine lake are the biggest lakes in the area. In fact, Beaver lake had a famous lifeguard teacher in the 1950s, Clint Eastwood. The city contains no major interstates within its limits but is a short commute to many big employers such as Costco and Microsoft.
4. Johns Creek, Georgia
Johns Creek has a total of 84,655 residents in 30.7 miles. Johns Creek has a long history as a major trading post dating back to the 19th century. In recent years, the city has become an efficient commuter city with its close proximity to Atlanta. This area is also home to the Atlanta Athletic Club which was the home of the 2011 PGA Championship. Johns Creek also has the only professional orchestra, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.
3. Weston, Florida
The third place finisher is Weston, Florida. Its eastern side is bordered with the Everglades and its highway I75 has an area aptly named Alligator Alley. The warm climate of the region has attracted many famous athletes to the region including Dan Marino, Bartolo Colon, and Manny Ramirez. The affluent city was developed by the same realty company as Walt Disney World so expect a lot of sources of entertainment in the Weston Town Center.
2. Greenwich, Connecticut
The runner up is Greenwich, Connecticut. With a population of 62,942, this city boasts some well known companies including Blue Sky Studios, the creators of the famous movie franchise Ice Age. This city is perfect for commuters because of its proximity to New York City. It takes commuters less than one hour to get to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. There are also many islands located near Greenwich including Calf Island which has a bird sanctuary.
1. Thornton, Colorado
Coming in at number one is Thornton, Colorado. Located in the northeastern Denver metropolitan area, this city is an ideal location for anyone who enjoys nature and wants to be close to the city. The city contains over 80 miles of trails for hiking and bird watching. Thornton has also has a young median age of 32, so it is a good place for any young family. Its growing population of 136,703 means that there will be many great things to come for current and future residents.
We reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 50,000. The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery), property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft), and officer count. Note that these variables were weighted, with violent crimes accounting for the majority of the total due to their severity.
|8||NEW JERSEY||Middletown Township||65,893||25||497|
|9||MICHIGAN||West Bloomfield Township||66,274||51||453|
|11||NEW YORK||Ramapo Town||90,683||78||620|
|12||NEW JERSEY||Parsippany-Troy Hills Township||53,790||34||393|
|14||NEW JERSEY||Jackson Township||56,815||33||459|
|21||NEW JERSEY||Piscataway Township||59,622||43||545|
|23||NEW JERSEY||Howell Township||52,097||46||486|
|28||PENNSYLVANIA||York Area Regional||55,020||76||479|
|29||PENNSYLVANIA||Northern York Regional||68,470||71||647|
|47||NEW JERSEY||Edison Township||102,281||104||1,215|
|52||NEW JERSEY||North Bergen Township||62,928||116||658|
|53||NEW JERSEY||Franklin Township, Somerset County||66,831||64||818|
|55||NEW JERSEY||Old Bridge Township||67,298||43||867|
|56||NEW JERSEY||Brick Township||76,097||76||930|
|63||NEW JERSEY||Lakewood Township||95,743||170||1,076|
|77||FLORIDA||Port St. Lucie||176,364||260||2,406|
|81||MICHIGAN||St. Clair Shores||60,116||129||756|
|83||NEW JERSEY||West New York||53,207||135||630|
|95||NEW JERSEY||Union Township||58,005||82||846|
|100||NEW YORK||Amherst Town||120,207||116||1,916|